March 22, 2015 |
EDMONTON, Alberta - The Flyers are broken, and it would be surprising if the organization doesn't hire another coach to try to put them back together. Coach Craig Berube is a good hockey man with strong principles, but he has lost this flawed team. Many of the players are upset with Berube's singling out goalie Steve Mason three times in the team's eighth consecutive road loss, a 4-1 defeat in Calgary on Thursday. Berube has not seen eye-to-eye with Mason recently, and he seemingly took it out on his goalie Thursday by pulling him late in the second period after Mason allowed the second goal on a shot he still hasn't seen.
March 21, 2015 |
A Philadelphia home health care company indicted for Medicaid fraud in early February has ceased operations, costing 1,324 people their jobs - the largest of several recent layoffs in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Infinite Care Inc. filed a required notice with the commonwealth's Department of Labor and Industry that it would close its facility on Rising Sun Avenue. A letter dated March 4 mentioned "unforeseen business circumstances" related to the state health department's ordering the company to cease operations.
March 18, 2015 |
So far, David Fleming hasn't had much trouble finding workers for his fourth-generation family business, Shady Brook Farm in Yardley. But then again, Fleming and his family aren't taking any chances. Six years ago, they opened a farmers' market at Delaware Valley College, a school near Doylestown that is traditionally strong in agriculture. "It was definitely access to the talent," Fleming said. On Monday, Fleming talked about farm hiring as part of an employers' panel at the college's student center, the kickoff site of Bucks County AgConnect.
March 16, 2015 |
The U.S. Labor Department jobs reports are glowing - unemployment down to 5.5 percent last month and a robust 295,000 jobs added to the nation's payrolls. Even in the Philadelphia suburbs, the latest figures show the rate even lower, at 5 percent. But why, if everything is so good, are monthly sessions packed at My Career Transitions, a local networking group of volunteers who help people looking for work? "It's not as rosy as the numbers indicate," said Michael Hughes. "I see new faces every month.
March 13, 2015
ISSUE | TRADE DEALS Job exporter Trade deficits have been destroying jobs for 40 consecutive years, but Andrew Nuffer suggests Congress and President Obama reauthorize fast-track trade legislation ("Increased trade brings jobs, benefits to state, Phila.," March 6). Fast track limits negotiating to the president and a few handpicked cronies. Trade deficits continue to ship jobs overseas. Congress should reject fast-track authority and fight to save our jobs and protect the middle class.
March 9, 2015 |
The heinous murder of Officer Robert Wilson III is another jarring reminder of what is at stake when a man or woman puts on a badge and takes an oath to protect and serve the rest of us. In the context of recent protests of alleged police misconduct in places like Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y., Officer Wilson's sacrifice takes on even greater significance. Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey alluded to those incidents in praising Officer Wilson, who was fatally shot while stopping an attempted robbery Thursday in North Philadelphia.
March 9, 2015 |
With the nation's payrolls expanding by 295,000 jobs in all sectors, the U.S. unemployment rate hit a new postrecession low in February, reaching 5.5 percent, the Labor Department reported Friday. "We're getting jobs. There's definitely a difference," said John Dodds, director of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project, an advocacy group for low-wage workers. "Wages are still not up," Dodds noted. It is telling that nationwide - at Walmart, in last week's rallies at City Hall and in Harrisburg, at protests near fast-food restaurants, even in Gov. Wolf's first budget address - the focus has shifted from gaining jobs to building paychecks.
March 8, 2015 |
SAP SE, the German-based business-software company with North American headquarters in Newtown Square, says it will cut 2,200 of its 74,400 worldwide jobs as it pushes cloud-based and in-memory-database services to offset the drop in sales growth for enterprise software systems. But the company, which employs 2,500 in Newtown Square, is still hiring. SAP had 50,000 employees in 2010 and about 66,000 by the end of 2013; head count has risen since then. "We're looking for people who can contribute to growth," and who have "networks" of business contacts to whom they can sell SAP services, spokesman Andy Kendzie said.
March 8, 2015 |
Ted Dallas knew he was walking into a crisis the late-January day he accepted the job as Pennsylvania's acting secretary of the Department of Human Services. He knew that, since early December, thousands of Pennsylvanians with alcohol and drug addictions had been locked out of treatment centers. And he understood the seriousness of their situation. "For folks in the drug and alcohol world, that continuity of care and the wraparound services and keeping it consistent is particularly important," Dallas said.